Advent and Christmas Events

Advent

Lighting the Advent candles

Children lighting the Advent candles

“The Gift of Peace”

Advent Events

Youth support Village Homeless Ministries – Nov 26, 4:00 – 5:30 pm, Youth room. Pack toiletry kits and learn about the Village Homeless Ministry in San Francisco. Pastor Henry will join us along with the Maguigads who started the ministry, and the McCarthys who have become regular participants. Give thanks and serve!

Wednesday Bible Study with Advent scriptures – Dec 6, 13, and 20, 10:00 – 11:30 am, Lynnewood library in the office wing.

Youth welcome the advent season with Pastor Henry – Dec 3, 4:00 – 5:30 pm, Youth room. We’ll get to know Pastor Henry and we’ll open our hearts to the season of preparation and waiting for the Hope of the World. Come and find the quiet center, and also the joy in this season. Will you be a part of this special afternoon?

Men’s Breakfast – Dec 9, 8:00 am, Fellowship Hall.  Click for more information.

Seasoned Citizens’ Christmas Luncheon – Dec 9, 12:00 – 3:00 pm, Fellowship Hall. If you are able, please bring a can of food or jar of peanut butter to be donated to the Tri-Valley Food Pantry.

Children cooking shepherds pie
Advent Adventure – Dec 9, 5:00 – 7:30 pm. for 3 year olds through 5th graders. This is a rare opportunity for parents to get away during the days before Christmas and know that your child is cared for in grand fashion. We’ll bake cookies, watch a Christmas movie, have dinner, do crafts, a service project, and so much more. Youth of the church will be on hand to join in the fun and care for the children. Sign up with Diana.

Youth Group – Dec 9, 4:00 – 7:30. The 6th-12th grade youth will be providing the energy and the loving care for the children’s Advent Adventure (above). See Diana.

Youth Go Christmas Shopping! – Dec 10. Bring $10 and let’s go shopping for gifts and necessities for the Child Care Links organization which provides toys for infants through 7 year olds. We’ll get lunch right after Sunday School and then hit the stores. Let Diana know if you’d like to go.

Valley Concert Chorale sings “A Midwinter Rose” – Dec 10, 3:00 pm, Sanctuary. The program includes Christmas choral pieces and audience sing-alongs. Purchase tickets here.

Caroling to the shut-ins – Dec 10, 2:00 – 5:00 pm. Meet at the church at 2:00. It’s a time to have fun singing our favorite carols while we bring a little joy to those who can’t get out as well as they used to. You do NOT have to be a member of the choir. Song sheets with the words will be provided. Come and make a joyful noise in service to others! All are welcome!

Ladies’ Night Out – Dec 14, 6:30 pm. Strizzi’s, downtown Pleasanton.

Deliver Giving Tree gifts – Dec 16, meet at 8:00 in Fellowship Hall for distribution of gifts, directions, and carpooling.

Ladies’ Lunch – Dec 21, 12 noon. Bill’s Café, Pleasanton.

Giving to Others

Giving Tree – On Nov 26 and Dec 3, take a tag. By Dec 10, return the gifts for the tags. Gifts will be delivered early on Dec 16.

Tri-Valley Haven – Dec 9, 9:00 am – 12:00, at the TVH food pantry, 418 Junction Ave in Livermore. Every year the Haven receives a donation of bulk staple groceries such as pasta, rice, and canned goods. These many boxes of goods need to be repacked into as many as 500 individual grocery bags to be given to the needy over the Christmas season. Bags will be transported to and unloaded at Asbury’s storage room. Signup at the Outreach table.

Alternative Giving Catalog – At Lynnewood we believe that outreach to our community and the world is important. We live out our faith through the giving of our time, talents, and resources to help others. This is faith in action! With this idea in mind we are offering you an Alternative Christmas – the practice of giving a donation in someone’s honor rather than a physical gift. A gift to mission makes a difference. In the catalog you will find seven ministries that represent local and global mission opportunities. A description is provided for each organization – what they do and how you can support that work. An order form is also included with the catalog. You decide which ministries you would like to support, complete the order form, total your donations, and write one check payable to Lynnewood United Methodist Church. Lynnewood will send your donations to the ministries of your choice. In return, we will provide you with lovely gift cards and envelopes that you may send to those whom you honor with your donations. Get a catalog at and bring your donations to the Outreach table on Sunday mornings.

Worship

Dec. 3 – “One in Christ”
Communion at both services, 9:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
The Chancel Choir will sing “Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence,” accompanied by Matthew on his clarinet.

Dec. 10 – “The Voice in the Wilderness”
The Sonshine & Joyful Noise Choirs will sing “Nino Lindo,” a Venezuelan carol. The Handbell Choir will ring “What Child Is This.” The Chancel Choir will sing a selection from “The International Carol Suite.”

Dec. 17 – “A Witness to the Light”
The Lynnewood Christmas Ensemble will play carols and the Chancel Choir will sing more from “The International Carol Suite.”

Hanging Ornaments
Dec. 24 – “Something About Mary”
One service at 9:00 am
The Beginning Bells choir will ring “Earth Shall Ring.”

Dec. 31 – “Seek and Find”
One service at 9:00 am

Photos of children by permission of parents.

Christmas

Dec. 24 ― Christmas Eve Candlelight Services
9:00 am Morning Service (one service only)
5:00 pm Family Service (with nursery care)
7:30 pm Candlelight Service with Choir (no childcare available)
9:00 pm Candlelight Service with Choir (no childcare available)